Bolivia’s southwestern corner is an awe-inspiring collection of diverse landscapes ranging from the blinding white Salar de Uyuni salt flat to the geothermal hotbed of Los Lípez, one of the world’s harshest landscapes and a refuge for Andean wildlife. The ground here literally boils with minerals, and the spectrum of colors is extraordinary. A circuit from Uyuni takes you through unforgettable landscapes and is the highlight of a visit to Bolivia.
Although it gets plenty of visitors, Bolivia's southwest is still oddly remote, with rough dirt roads, scattered mining settlements, quinoa-producing villages and little public transportation. The main town, Uyuni, is a military outpost with a frontier feel. It’s the launching point for expeditions into the region, from the desolate expanses of the salares to the craggy hills of Los Lípez, which rise into the high Andean peaks along the Chilean frontier.